The Ten Best Beach Vacations

For East Coast dwellers, the Jersey shore is a convenient escape. Accessories designer Joy Gryson heads to Avalon, New Jersey for some much-needed beach time with her family. View Joy’s itinerary.

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Many New Yorkers choose to escape to the Hamptons, but to really get away, Christine Gachot heads to Shelter Island. “The East Coast summer experience not to be missed,” she says. View Christine’s itinerary.

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My Lola Founder and CEO Cecilia Pelloux lives in the Caribbean paradise of St. Barths for part of the year—so she knows exactly what to do when you’re in town. View Cecilia’s itinerary.

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Photographer Daniela Federici loves this gorgeous part of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, which has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as many cultural and historical learning opportunities for children. View Daniela’s itinerary.

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Another amazing spot for family travel in Mexico is Cabo San Lucas, according to blogger and stylist Danie Bles. There’s a ton for kids and their parents to do, and it’s a real destination for the fashion set. View Danie’s itinerary.

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Parisian mom Capucine Gougenheim Geagea spends a few months each year in St. Tropez. The sea is warm and beautiful, and the fruit is delicious. View Capucine’s itinerary.

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Claudine Lambotte d’Arcangelo loves traveling to Bali for the relaxed environment and the stellar surfing opportunities. View Claudine’s itinerary.

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Writer Shane McCoy Fermelia heads to Lana’i every Thanksgiving for archery, horseback riding, and a whole lot of beach time. View Shane’s itinerary.

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Scoop NYC co-founder Stefani Greenfield relaxes by the azure sea of Mykonos every July. View Stefani’s itinerary.

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Natalia Rankine-Galloway knows a thing or two about the best beaches—she travels the world for her business Culture Baby. View Natalia’s itinerary.

The Ten Best Beach Vacations

The surest way to find ideas for the best family vacations is to ask Elizabeth Street moms where they go again and again. With summer upon us, many of you likely already have your tickets booked and your beach bags packed. Those still deciding, meanwhile, will find plenty of inspiration in this list of the best beach vacations.

Click through the slideshow to see the ten best family beach vacations, and follow the links to copy each mom’s seaside itinerary.